WASHINGTON: Amid reports that she was emerging as a “fantastic choice” for being Republican party’s Vice Presidential candidate, Indian-American South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has ruled out any such possibility, saying her “plate is full”.
Ms Haley, who earlier this week endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the Republican presidential race, said she is quite “content” with her responsibilities as the Governor of South Carolina and bringing up two kids.
“Not at all. I have said my plate is full,” Ms Haley told the Fox news in an interview when asked about latest media reports that Rubio-Haley would be a dream Republican ticket.
“I am not only a mom, my daughter is going to college next year, son is in middle school. I got a State that I love. We have not done finished all the work we want to finish here,” 44-year-old said.
“So I am totally content and happy in South Carolina. What I do want to see that America gets a great president,”
Ms Haley said in a joint appearance on the Fox News with Mr Rubio in South Carolina.
“I think, we can do that with Marco Rubio,” she said responding to questions on her potential running as a Vice Presidential running mate of Mr Rubio, as being reported by some of the major media outlets.
Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina said that, he is “all for” Haley being picked for Vice President.
Ms Haley is articulate and a strong leader, who went “through the fire” during a tragic 2015 in the State, he said.
“She would be a fantastic choice and one that I think the country would be quite responsive to,” Mr Scott said.
However, The Washington Post offered a word of caution.
“A Rubio-Haley ticket might be many things. But a panacea for the GOP’s sundry political and demographic challenges? It certainly is not,” it said.
But for The New York Observer, a Rubio-Haley ticket would be a worst nightmare for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front runner.
“The sight of Florida Senator Marco Rubio standing side-by-side with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, after her blockbuster endorsement of his candidacy for president days before the South Carolina GOP primary, gave the appearance of a presidential ticket that would be a game changer for the 2016 campaign,” it said.
“Maybe a Hispanic-Asian ticket with one candidate who’s rediscovering his tea-party roots and another who’s made herself into the top union-hater in the country is the best they can do,” The New Yorker wrote.